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Three Palettes of Light is a collaboration of three local artists; Cherry Hadley, Stella Poole, and Eileen "Neen" Sidnell.
Cherry spent 30 years helping artists to exhibit their work in London including 20 years at the Barbican Centre. This inspired her to take up painting when she retired.Self taught Cherry uses watercolour which she enjoys for its clarity and luminosity, pastels mainly for animal portraiture and acrylic for its bold colour. More recently she uses oils.Her love of nature, sea, and landscape has come from her trips around the world. This has inspired her to try and capture the effects of light within her paintings. Morning light, theluminosity of light on sea and clouds, reflections on water and sunsets are all subjects of interest.Cherry has regularly exhibited in Cambridgeshire and with Open Studios both locally and in Italy. A number of her paintings are in private collections here and abroad.
Neen Sidnell was born in Zimbabwe in 1937.She moved to the United Kingdom in 2003 and has lived in Cambridgeshire since then.She is basically self taught, however, some years ago she attended Stamford College, completing a two year foundation degree in illustration with distinction. This was done with a view to confirming to herself, that she had the necessary skills, as an artist and was travelling in the right direction! Neen has great sensitivity and displays great skill handling most mediums well , including oils, pastels, watercolours, and acrylics.
Her works display an arresting boldness and skill! Whilst her subjects reveal a passionate and delightful love of nature. Throughout her life Neen Sidnell has achieved great acclaim for her skills as an artist, successfully participating in numerous exhibitions including the National Gallery RhodesiaShe also sold to the Standard Bank and Grindleys and fulfilled private work private commissionís for other collectors of her work.As a truly tenacious and dedicated artist, it is her desire to become better known in the UK.
Largely self-taught, I am inspired by nature and ordinary life around me. I work mainly in oils, but have ventured into watercolour and pastels occasionally.
Being born in Ireland had a big influence on my love of nature and colour. Surrounded by songs and stories, I was in fertile ground to foster vivid imagination.
At a young age, I was the winner at a local art competition. However, when it came to further education, I was strongly encouraged to follow a more well-trodden career route, and this did not include art. Like most amateur painters, once I entered the world of work it became my hobby, and I attended many local painting groups along the way.
I have always loved oil paint. I love the feel and texture on the canvas. In recent years I saw an opportunity to learn more about the history and classical approach to oil painting and enrolled for a one year course at the Norfolk Painting School. Through my time at Norfolk Painting SchoolI have drawn inspiration from artists, such as Caravaggio, Turner, Sorolla, Jane Eardley and the Scottish Colourists.
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